“Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.”
Hi everyone and welcome to today’s review of Caraval by Stephanie Garber. ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ The book was published in January 2017 and includes 407 pages with a beautiful map of the world “Caraval”. I got myself the UK-Edition this month and I am happy to say that I finally finished this book because it was a very long time on My TBR List.
“Remember it’s only a game..”
We follow the story of the sisters Scarlett and Tella Dragna who have a cruel father and the wish to participate in Carval, a once-in-a-year performance, held on an island. With the arrangement of Scarlett’s marriage she thinks her dream of participating in Carval is over but this year both sisters get an invitation from the mastermind of Caraval; Legend. When Scarlett and a mysterious sailor arrive on the island of Caraval they get to know that Tella was kidnapped by Legend. The person who finds Tella first will win the game so Scarlett has to find her before the final day of Caraval, knowing that if she doesn’t her beloved sister will disappear forever.
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- Caraval is such a beautiful, magical and enigmatic fantasy book. It includes a lot of riddles to solve so you can imagine on your own how the story continues and what kind of decisions the characters make. (੭ˊ͈ ꒵ˋ͈)੭̸*✧⁺˚
- The story of Caraval is a very mysterious one. I would say that Caraval is especially plot-based. The characters do play an important role but are not that detailed. It is necessary that you understand the relations between past, present and future.
- You do not have a lot of choice to choose your favourite characters. Scarlett and her sister Tella are the main characters, following the sailor Julian and the mastermind organizer Legend.
- The world of Caraval is a small but unique one. I can imagine that it is not everyones cup of tea but since it is a fantasy book the setting has to be different than contemporary books with diferent situations and incredible things you can do their. I loved the ideas of how the world of Caraval is an adventure for everyone.
Caraval was such an enjoyable and fantastic read. I read this book very slowly because it was so exciting to read with many plot twist and situations you might not have imagined while reading. My favourite character turned out to be Legend. I am very excited for the next book of this series, triology..? Highly recommended to all fantasy fans.
I have seen a lof of people comparing this book with the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The only thing these two books have in common are the fantasy aspects and the magical and fantastical atmosphere.